until the moment of their opposition
XV 44° 30' point of oppo-(approx.) sition of luminaries
to 149° 30' from the next conjunction of luminaries before next conjunction of luminaries
XXVIII 8° 30f
conjunction of the luminaries
We believe this system of Lunar Houses is more in tine with reality, since the malefic nature of the First and Twenty-eighth Houses which we will demonstrate in the next chapter does not seem to be felt beyond 8° 30* from the point of exact conjunction.
In this system, the tenth House corresponds to the First quarter, with the Moon increasing through the first fourteen Houses and decreasing through the last fourteen, while the third quarter corresponds to the Nineteenth House.
Later we will describe the simple method for determining, in each individual case, the Lunar House in which the night Luminary is found; for the present, note that if the Moon is increasing, we must work from the conjunction of the Luminaries preceding birth; if, on the other hand, the Moon has passed the opposition to the Sun and is decreasing, we must work from the conjunction following the moment of birth.
Documents on the variation of lunar influence are rarer and more fragmented than those corresponding to the Mansions. These documents may be summarized in the following manner:
The first quarter of the Moon is moist and confers a sanguine temperament;
The second is hot and gives a nervous temperament;
The third is dry and governs the bilious temperament;
The fourth is cold and symbolizes the lymphatic temperament5.
"When the Moon is in its first quarter, i.e., beginning to separate from the Sun with which it was in conjunction," Ptolemy says6, "the humors swell the body, until the end of the second quarter; but when the Moon moves into the two other quarters, the humors diminish and decrease . .
"The Moon is a significator of different materials,*' he adds in aphorism sixty-one of the Centiloquy} "which compose the body in such a manner that they actually undergo the movement of the Moon on the increase or decrease . .
The Moon on the increase exerts a good influence for all sorts of open activities pursued in the light of day. The experiments made by Henri Copin? prove that broods and plantings generally give more abundant hatches and crops when they are made when the Moon is increasing, especially in the first quarter. In birth charts, it is considered more favorable than the waning Moon, which increases the force of malefics according to astrologers of the Middle Ages; this second half of the Lunar month favors more hidden activities.
This tradition undoubtedly traces back to far antiquity, because the Phoenicians divided the Lunar month in two parts: fourteen days of the White Moon (increase) and fourteen days of the Black Moon (decrease).
Lastly, according to Hebraic tradition, the first and third Lunar week should be consecrated to acts of charity, and the second and the fourth to acts of justice.
Ancient astrologers took the phases of the Moon into consideration when interpreting charts —even those who did not leave a line devoted to Lunar Astrology. Regiomontanus, for example, a "classical" astrologer of the Fifteenth Century, made a big distinction between the effects formed by the Moon increasing and those of the Moon decreasing. Here are some of his observations:
"The Moon increasing in aspect to Mercury after an aspect with Jupiter foretells that the child will be an orphan, and will marry a rich widow . .
"The decreasing Moon in aspect to Mercury after an aspect with Saturn causes stuttering and sometimes deafness; it is a sign of weakness in the organism and a high sensitivity to chills ..."
"The increasing Moon in aspect to Saturn foretells much unhap-piness in the life: the mother of the native is threatened with early widowhood ..."
"The decreasing Moon in aspect with Mercury after an aspect with Venus signifies loss of situation and of health as the natural effects of unleashed passions . .
Quotations and evidence on the variation of the lunar influence according to its phases could be multiplied indefinitely. Tradition throughout the world is unanimous in proclaiming it. Ancient doctors paid attention to it and left abundant observations. For example, a tumor must not be operated on when the Moon is in the first quarter or it could lead to recurrence with complications. Unless absolutely urgent, an operation should not be done when the luminaries are in square, or in other words, with the Moon in IX, X, XIX and XX Lunar Houses.
"Take advantage of the Moon to cure the eyes, when it is augmented in light (increasing) and free of the aspect of malignant (malefic) planets, — #39 of Livre des Cent Aphorisfnes d'Hermes. "9
Finally, Leon Lasson proved10 that the three or four First days of the lunation are extremely fertile, while the last days of the lunar month are very infertile; over a period of about five or six days, the full Moon seems also very favorable for fertilization, according to statistics.
In a direct manner, this confirms the common tradition which says that the increasing Moon hastens marriage and the decreasing Moon retards it.
The Lunar Houses can be divided into four categories: Unfavorable: I, IX, X, XV, XIX, XX, XXVIII; Doubtful: II, VI, XIV, XVIII, XXIII, XXVII; Neutral: III, IV, V, XI, XVI, XXIV, XXI, XXV, andXXVI; Favorable: VII, VIII, XII, XIII, XVII, XXIL
Before beginning the summary of the nature of these Lunar Houses, we should say in a general way, that enterprises should not be begun or even important steps be taken when the Moon is in an unfavorable House.
"Do not begin quarrels, or hearings, or trials, when the Moon is of a malefic nature, because if you manage it without difficulties, you will lose your case,1' says an old astrological aphorism.
On the contrary, the passage of the Moon through favorable and neutral Houses must be used to advantage, obviously while not losing sight of the general condition of the heavens and all the other astrological factors.
The nature of the twenty-eight Houses can be described in the following manner:
HOUSE I—The most inauspicious of all, along with the XX-VIII; its nature will be described, with evidence in support of this, in the next chapter.
HOUSE II—The passage of the Moon through this house is good for conceiving a plan and outlining or perfecting a transaction, but unfavorable for the beginning of an enterprise. Thus, it would be advisable not to undertake anything important or public and to protect ideas and plans. According to an anonymous manuscript of 1250, signed by M. A., this Lunar House is nonetheless favorable for the beginning of a journey, for the foundation of an edifice, for crops and planting. Illnesses which break out during the passage of the Moon through this House will not last long and children born here will develop normally and will be strong during childhood.
HOUSE III—Apparently the same as the preceding House, but attenuated. More favorable for private life than for public matters.11
HOUSE IV—Gives good hope of success in life, but with patience. The Lunar transit through this House facilitates actions of minor importance and friendly relations. The man who falls ill when the Moon progresses into this House will have difficulty recovering, and children who are born here may die.
HOUSE V—Particularly encouraging to all enterprises somehow concerned with water and the sea, journeys, constructions and search for lost objects. Illnesses beginning here are dangerous. The child born here will be egotistical, reserved, and presumptuous.
HOUSE VI—Threat of deceit or betrayal in a natal chart as well as with the transit of the Moon through this House. Persons born at this time suffer from many deceptions and indiscretions.
HOUSE VII—Weakens health: the child will live only with great care and any illness could be dangerous. But the unfavorable nature of this House from a physiological aspect is balanced by good fortune in material things: it favors gambling, promises support and protection in life coming both from parents and friends, and signifies the possibility of success in the life, but after some difficulties.
HOUSE VIII—a "House of Happiness," since it promises success in the career, gives good health, and favors the personal life. It is good for enterprises of broad scope, promises elevation or an advantageous modification of situation or business matters and generally gives a good familial or conjugal understanding. It makes persons born under its influence affectionate. Illness that breaks out when the Moon is in this House, is generally not dangerous.
HOUSE IX—Generally corresponds to the seventh day after the lunation, which tradition claims was that of the killing of Abel by his brother. It may be assumed that the belief that a crime committed during the passing of the Moon through this House will be punished, and that malefactors will not evade justice comes much more from the association of this day with the first biblical murder than from astrological observations. According to tradition, this House promotes health and the life force, but does not prevent occasional dangerous illnesses in the course of life.
HOUSE X—Docs not favor beauty and is dangerous, for illnesses, but exerts a very good influence on journeys. It is the sign of an unhappy life (parental or conjugal) with many troubles from the opposite sex. Generally, persons having the Moon in this House encounter many obstacles in the course of life, see the defeat of many hopes, and are able to arrange a satisfactory life only with great difficulty. Very often the father is the source of recurring problems. According to tradition, this House signifies an end to life not as good as the beginning. Nothing important should be undertaken while the Moon transits this House.
This House, along with the preceding one, is probably represented in mythology by Ceres. They demand from the native a great deal of perseverance and flexibility to achieve a chosen goal, because they do not promote easy success.
HOUSE XI—Promotes longevity in those born under its influence. Illnesses that appear with the Moon in this House could be dangerous at the beginning. It is also the sign of disagreements with some relatives or with the wife.
HOUSE XII—One of the most fortunate of the Lunar Houses, — for the beginning of a project as well as for taking action that does not depend at all on the efforts of the subject, and that is capable of succeeding only by luck. It always permits a person to make headway in the most difficult circumstances. At the moment of birth, this House foretells good fortune and love of travel. However, tradition states that illnesses appearing during the passage of the Moon through this House could become fatal if they are not attended to immediately.
HOUSE XIII—Gives cleverness and ingenuity and favors the emotional life. This House favors health in men more than in women, whose illnesses can be very dangerous (this refers to the natal chart with the Moon in this House as well as the appearance of an illness under its influence, or in other words the chart of an illness). This House encourages travel, and could usefully be selected for a departure; it seems to incline those born under its influence to become expatriates or travel in foreign lands.
It may be assumed that in Antiquity the Houses XI, XII, and XIII were symbolized by the Goddess Diana. These three Lunar Houses generally allow the native to pursue his favorite vocation or occupations. He may occasionally be cruel (depending on other astrological factors) but he is always fortunate in life.
HOUSE XIV—Begin nothing with the Moon in this House. Illnesses that break out under this influence may be long or dangerous. In natal charts, it is the sign of the danger of reversal of situation or heavy losses.
This Lunar House corresponds to the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth days of the Lunar month. G. Muchery summarized the traditional material about the influences of these days of the lunation cycle as follows: ^
Twelfth day — Preferable to undertake nothing the twelfth day, since it is completely unfortunate. Illnesses will be dangerous. Children could be deformed.
Thirteenth day — Similar to the preceding one, still useful to refrain from doing things that can wait. Better for children, who may attain an advanced age. Dreams are true.
Fourteenth day On the fourteenth day of the Moon, God blessed Noah and all his family, in reward for the good actions he had done, so it is very fortunate and illnesses will not be fatal. Dreams can be trusted, they will shortly be fulfilled. Children will love their parents.
The Arab list, reproduced by F. Rolt Wheeler^, states that the thirteenth day of the Moon signifies a very close family and the fourteenth foretells that children will leave the home early, but will achieve some success.
HOUSE XV—Marks a difficult and generally not very happy existence, defects of vision, mediocre health, and very frequently violent passions. It is the sign of a modest situation, or a change of situation, accompanied by losses in the course of life.
This House generally includes the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth days of the lunation (although the fifteenth is often part of the preceding Lunar House). G. Muchery summarizes them:
Fifteenth day — Permits enterprises with modest beginnings, small transactions; favors retail trade. Children born this day will be intelligent and hard working, but often subject to illness.
Sixteenth day — This day is very fortunate for those who sell food; dreams are true, and children born here live a long time. It is good for changing country or location.
Seventeenth day -- Sodom and Gomorrah, the two wicked cities famous for their vices in the Old Testament, perished on the seventeenth day of the Moon and expiated all their crimes with a conflagration. Only Lot and his family were saved. Nothing should be undertaken on this day. Discord between spouses, changes for the worst. Children born this day will be tyrannical, arrogant, and stubborn. Reputation suffers.
The manuscript of 1250 mentioned above, states that anyone who falls ill on the fifteenth day should not worry about the outcome of his illness, but that an illness breaking out on the seventeenth day will be enigmatic and dangerous. The list of Arab significations given by F. Rolt-Wheeler attributes bad habits to those born the fifteenth day and little satisfaction with children to those born the sixteenth day.
Lastly, we mention that Robert Anbelain stated in an article14 that the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth days of the Lunar month especially favor astral travel.
HOUSE XVI—Persons born with the Moon in this House may attain wealth through their own efforts, because they are industrious. The second half of the life will be better than the first. But illnesses beginning under this influence will be long and dangerous.
HOUSE XVII—Favors everything having to do with the emotional life and requests for support and protection, but does not seem to favor the beginning of a project. For persons born under its influence, this House promises much travel; their character is good and affable, which allows them to bear ordeals in spite of all possible disappointments. Illnesses beginning when the Moon occupies this House are not lasting.
HOUSE XVIII—A sign of bad character or unkindness. Illnesses that begin under this influence may be long. But this House is favorable for all sorts of projects.
HOUSE XIX—Indicates a patient, industrious person who draws to himself the good will and protection of his superiors. But this House is unfavorable for wealth and the beginning of illness; it causes a lot of worry in the course of life.
HOUSE XX—Failure awaits everything begun when the Moon is in this House. It is wise not to undertake anything, to be careful of ones words, and not to revive old problems. This House brings domestic troubles to persons born under its influence, in the family they make, as well as the one they were born into (in the latter, discord and troubles often come from the mother). Nevertheless this House seems to exert a good influence on the career and facilitates rise through personal merit: it is rare for a man with the Moon here not to win public respect.
HOUSE XXI— Difficult career with long illnesses, and actions by false friends injurious to one's situation. An illness beginning under this influence is not dangerous, but could be long.
HOUSE XXII—For persons born under its influence, it holds much jealousy and envy, especially in the emotional life, but also signifies a certain luck in business and a rising fortune or a prominent position. Illnesses appearing here are generally not dangerous.
HOUSE XXIII—Especially bad in charts of illness. Danger of dcccit or theft.
HOUSE XXIV—Sign of insincere relations; consequently, persons with the Moon in this House should avoid excessive frankness. It also signifies a very good change of situation associated with a journey around the age of forty. Illnesses that begin under this influence could prove fatal.
HOUSE XXV—Favors travel and moves, and the beginning of modest projects of small importance. This House imparts to persons born under its influence laziness and negligence.
HOUSE XXVI—Danger of loss of inheritance or patrimony. Good Character. Intelligence.
HOUSE XXVII—Bad for conjugal happiness, especi ally i n feminine charts. The second half of the life may be less happy than the first. All new projects must be avoided during the passage of the Moon through this House.
HOUSE XXVIII—Inauspicious - as we will show in the following chapter.
The Arabs have retained the names of each Lunar day, and it could be imagined that in antiquity each of these Houses bore its own name, like the Mansions. But it is meaningless to try to adapt the Arab names for days to these Houses which don't correspond to them.
Let us apply this information to the proclamation of the Empire of Italy by Mussolini which took place at Rome May 9, 1936, at 10:47 P.M. The chart is on the following page. It will enable us to demonstrate the ease of the calculations that must be made to determine the Lunar Houses occupied by the Moon at one moment or another.
The Sun in this celestial map is in 19° Taurus, while the Moon is in 26° Sagittarius. Since the opposition of the luminaries has already taken place, we must work from the next conjunction of the luminaries, and not the last one.
This conjunction will take place when the Sun is at 29.6° Taurus (this is easy to locate in an ephemeris). At the moment of the proclamation of the empire the Moon was at 26.4° Sagittarius. We must find the distance that separates it from the next conjunction.
29.6° Taurusis 59.6° oftheZodiac
+360. of the complete circle 419.6°
-266.4° Moon's place in Zodiac
TOTAL DISTANCE 153.2°
The table on page 78 shows that 153° before the conjunction of the luminaries corresponds to the Fifteenth Lunar house.
As we have mentioned before, this House indicates a difficult and generally not very happy existence and the danger of a change of situation combined with losses. To this we may add that the Moon in the Twenty-first Mansion exerts a hastening and reckless influence — which could refer to the foundation of the Empire immediately after
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